2018 VP1

An Asteroid Is Moving Towards Earth on Election Day Eve

By Mark B.staff@sciencetimes.com | Aug 23, 2020 07:30 AM EDT

An asteroid first discovered back in 2018 is projected to move close to Earth on November 2, the day before the US Presidential Vote.

According to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Objects Studies (CNEOS), the asteroid officially designated as “2018 VP1” might come close to the planet, with probabilities of making an impact at 0.41 percent, or 1 in 240. Forbes notes that 2018 VP1 might get closer to Earth than the moon and perhaps the artificial satellites surrounding the planet. Actually, it may get within 2,700 miles (4,326 km) of the Earth’s surface, at around 7:33 AM EST.

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(Photo: Photo by ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team via Getty Images)

For an interactive and orbital dynamic view of 2018 VP1 and Earth, click on this link below...

https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018%20VP1;orb=1;old=0;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

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